The humble dandelion’s seeds are so optimized for lift and flight time that scientists wonder about borrowing its design for parachutes.
Leisola and Witt also discuss the well-documented pattern of scientists defending an existing paradigm even after fresh discoveries have turned against it.
The Venus flytrap, like all carnivorous plants, had no use for its insect-trapping function unless it also had an insect-digesting function. And vice versa.
There’s no conspiracy here, just life’s astonishing solution for admitting water into cells through “gates” while keeping lethal acidifying proteins out.
It’s time now to “surrender to the data,” which as he argues, points to the works of foresight and planning in the origin of the first life.